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Setup a Dolby Atmos in home. Follow these 5 steps.

Updated on January 14, 2019
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Deepak is a passionate Digital Marketer and had done his MBA in marketing after his engineering. He loves blogging on technology, autos etc

What is Dolby Atmos?

Dolby Atmos is nothing but a surround sound technology developed by Dolby Laboratories. It enables to have overhead speakers which result in having a completely immersed surround effect for the viewers. Most of the current movies are encoded and released in Dolby Atmos sound encryption.

Dolby Atmos

You may have the question, “Can I experience it in my home?

Yes, of course, you can have it in your home too. If you madly wish to have the exact cinematic experience and every bit of it, you can go for it. Just have a look at the below steps which I followed and can help to make your wish too more systematic and easier.

1. Have that craziness

You may like to set up a home cinema in your sweet home, well go forward with the plan if you really have the real craziness within you to enjoy and blend yourself in deep bass and crystal clear sound.

I always had a dream of setting up a Dolby Atmos in my home which ended up in my home theater.

2. Set your budget

Wow, you have now decided to make your wish come true. Remember to set a budget that suits your pocket. As you know you are about to implement a charismatic sound system, which costs a bit when compared to setting up a normal home theater. Don't worry, just go through the price tags of some products, to begin with.

3. Get the right equipment

After setting up the right budget, just go through the equipment required for home cinema in the web. You need a Dolby Atmos-enabled receiver as the basic and heart of the system, which can cost from $500.

There are a number of brands to choose from like Yamaha, Denon, Pioneer, Marantz etc. The speakers also can cost around same and require a 5.1, 7.1 or higher configurations for Dolby Atmos.

Always try to have a demo of your product before purchasing as it can help you to experience and compare between brands.

You may also choose a projector or LED as per your convenience and space. TV screens are mostly available up-to 55-60 inches. If you wish to have a big screen, go for a projector as it can have screens up to 300".

The main equipment you required are:

  1. A Dolby Atmos-enabled receiver
  2. A Blu-ray player.
  3. 5.2.1/7.1 home theater
  4. Projector/ LED TV

A blue-ray movie (Dolby Atmos)will have a size from 40GB, which will have crystal clear soundtracks. Avoid watching movies through pen drives if it's less than 12GB, as compression can merge the channels and precise quality won't be delivered.

4. Get the acoustics done

So you have receivers, screens, speakers and other stuff you need. Now before installing there is another crucial step to be done, without which your whole setup may end in vain, Its about acoustics. It's nothing but optimizing the room for best sound experience.

We get audio fatigue in ears if the sounds are reflecting and not in the pure form as they are. In cinema halls, we don't get that feeling because theaters are well acoustically treated. You should also treat the room with sound absorbing panels and bass traps. The detailed process which I followed can be found here.

Dolby laboratories have their own tutorials and installation manuals for speaker setups in their official page, You can follow those if needed or can ask for the help of a home theater expert. I did mine with the tutorials as it was just DIY stuff like.

5. Install the stuff and enjoy

After all your acoustics has been done, you can start installing the equipment. You should consider the below things also in the final round-up.

  • Seating
  • LED/ Strip lights
  • Floor carpets
  • A/C if its a fully closed room

In addition, you can make your room in a movie theme by placing movie poster images in a frame and other movie-related stuff.

Get your favorite movie and enjoy the same in your own room.


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